By: Diane Benjamin
Most of the Connect Transit discussion will be in Part 4. (likely tomorrow!) Two points needs clarifying first:
3:07:00 – Karyn Smith stated at the last meeting Kevin McCarthy said if there was a choice between a full fare rider and one that is subsidized of course Connect Transit is going to go for the full fare. She claims that appears to prejudice against low income and disabled riders. At 3:07:27 McCarthy calls a Point of Order and goes on to claim that isn’t what he said.
What did he say at the last meeting? Below is exactly what he said and the applicable video:
. . . public transit system is intended to be for the entire public not a small segment of the public and certainly increased ridership means increased use and increased costs but also means increased revenue. And if able-bodied riders are the largest segment why would we choose to alienate the largest paying fare-paying population in favor of the most subsidized rider population. Financial strategy straight up makes no sense . . . . .
2:09:50 – Kevin McCarthy from 9/16/19: Don’t rely on Closed Captioning – it isn’t always correct
I think Karyn has a point, it sure sounds like McCarthy wants more full-price riders. Maybe he hasn’t reviewed the reports closely. The more riders Connect has the more money they lose. Nobody pays the full cost of a ride.
McCarthy reveals the real problem. Who decided the local transit system was created to serve the entire public when most of the “entire public” will never ride a bus? Is the real problem the Connect mission of trying to serve everybody whether they want served or not? Are they not serving the transit dependent because they have chosen not to? Is serving the “entire public” preventing them from serving those with no alternative?
SECOND ITEM needing clarification: What the minutes reflect: http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3430
Go back to Part 2. Karyn Smith wanted the minutes corrected to reflect what Stan Nord actually said. The Council voted 5-2 against her, the minutes will be enshrined forever with things that aren’t accurate.
What did he really say?
This is what the minutes reflect:
Listen to the video of the last meeting above at 2:04:15. Quote:
. . . . they are asking for Town oversight to be removed and they want to become their own taxing body . . .
“They” means Connect Transit. Listen to Stan’s entire comment starting at 2:01:20. The minutes do not reflect WHO wants to remove Town oversight. It was implied last night that is Stan’s view, not Connect Transit.
This comment by McCarthy is also in the minutes. Maybe Part 4 will clarify who is providing factual information and who isn’t.